'Wolfenstein 2' Video Game Sparks Controversy With its Anti-Nazi Slogan

Joanna Estrada
October 8, 2017

And it's disturbing that the game can be considered a controversial political statement at all.

As part of their marketing campaign for the game, Bethesda recently released a new trailer titled "Not My America" using the hastag #NoMoreNazis.

Hines - speaking on behalf of Bethesda - defended the company's dabbling into the current, highly-charged political climate canvassing America. "Didn't know Bethesda teamed with SJWs and ANTIFA!"

The comments on this Reddit post are filled with anti-Semitic jokes and conspiracy theories.

"I'd prefer if they went full boneheaded satire with literally making Trump hitlerrobotman [sic], at least it would be kind of amusing", another user wrote.

Some have written the game off as "Liberal propaganda", others simply see it as a continuation of Wolfenstein's storied history of allowing you to kill Nazis, defeat the occult, and overcome mechanized terrors.

Despite the blowback, Pete Hines, Bethesda's VP for PR and marketing, did not back down from the game's anti-Nazi stance.

"Wolfenstein has been a decidedly anti-Nazi series since the first release more than 20 years ago".

The original "Wolfenstein" game was released in 1981 but didn't go mainstream until the release of "Wolfenstein 3D" in 1994.

He believes that it is "undebatable" that Nazis are bad, and said that he doesn't worry about losing customers due to the trailers slogan.

This is in line with what Bethesda has been saying about the new Wolfenstein for a while now - that the latest game wasn't conceived with the rise of white supremacy and the alt-right in mind, but it acknowledges the implications of shooting Nazis in a video game in 2017. The studio faced the challenging mission of convincing all those angry folks who have condemned the game as promoting violence, Nazi-killing language, and accused Bethesda of creating an ad that refers to the political situation in the United States, that these arguments are groundless.

"As we've said many times before, fighting Nazis has been the core of Wolfenstein games for decades, and it isn't really debatable that Nazis are, as Henry Jones Sr. said, 'the slime of humanity.' Certainly there's a risk of alienating some customers, but to be honest, people who are against freeing the world from the hate and murder of a Nazi regime probably aren't interested in playing Wolfenstein".

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is scheduled for a release later this month on October 27 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Somehow, the previous Wolfenstein game - The New Order - avoided this particular debate, despite having an entire chapter in which Polish-American (of Jewish descent, too) protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz infiltrates a horrifying Nazi concentration camp, reminding us why it would be better to do away with Nazis as expediently as possible.

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